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Polyhymnia Concerts and Workshops
CONCERTS
2019 - 2020 Season
All events located at:
The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch
552 West End Ave
New York, NY 10024
  *All concerts will be preceded by a lecture by a noted musicologist at 7:00 pm. 
November 16, 2019 8:00 PM
Requiem

Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611)

Officium Defunctorum a6 and motets
March 14, 2020 8:00 PM
For Musick’s Art

Christopher Tye (c. 1505 – c. 1572/3)

Missa Euge bone a6, Anthems, and Antiphons

May 9, 2020 8 pm
The Muse of Sacred Song

A 25th Anniversary Concert
of our Favorite Motets

Festive reception to follow
After an illustrious career in Rome, Tomás Luis de Victoria retired to the Monasterio de las Descalzas de Santa Clara outside of Madrid in 1581, where he served as chaplain to the Dowager Empress Maria, sister of Philip II and wife of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Upon her death in 1603 he composed the Officium Defunctorum, sometimes called his Requiem, for her great obsequies in April of that year. We invite you to join us for this monumental work, the greatest of the Spanish Renaissance requiems, performed as it would have been in 1603 for the Dowager’s funeral with organ and bajon, as we embark on our 25th season.
In keeping with our 25-year commitment to the reintroduction of lesser-known composers, Polyhymnia second concert will highlight Tudor composer Christopher Tye. Often mentioned with the other “T’s” of English music, Tallis and Taverner, he remains an enigmatic figure, more familiar to church musicians than to concert audiences. Like Tallis, he worked during the reigns of four Tudor monarchs, both Catholic and Protestant. He was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal, choirmaster at Ely Cathedral, and an Anglican priest. From his elaborate and penitent seven-voice Peccavimus cum patribus nostris, to the joyful exuberance of his most famous work, the Missa Euge bone, and his equally compelling English anthems, Tye will surprise and delight the listener with his eccentric yet brilliant compositions for the English church.
The final concert of our anniversary season will bring together a lovingly curated collection of motets, a group effort from both singers and director, of our particular favorites from the last 25 years. It is sure to be a thrilling ride through programs and memories of all the great work we have done over the years and should prove to be a varied musical feast. We will feature music by Tallis, Isaac, Vaet, and many more of our favorite composers. Following the concert, please join us for an actual feast, at which the audience is warmly invited to share a glass of wine, some delicious nibbles, memories from past seasons, and a toast to the next 25 years.
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